The Golden Globes lived up to its reputation as the quirkiest, quippiest awards show on the Hollywood social calendar Jan. 12. Guess that’s to be expected when you ask 80-plus international journalists to honor film and TV stars in a booze-soaked ballroom — then call in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to emcee. But it’s possible the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual lovefest was even kookier than usual, from Fox’s low-rated freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine taking home two awards (one for star Andy Samberg and one for best TV comedy) to Jacqueline Bisset’s nonsensical acceptance speech for the little-known Starz miniseries Dancing on the Edge. “I got kerfuffled!” said Bisset afterward. “It was just nerves.” Even the night’s big tribute, giving the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Woody Allen, was something of a head-scratcher: Why show so much love to a man who didn’t bother to attend? He was in NYC instead, at the Broadway premiere of Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. (The tribute also angered some — including Allen’s estranged son Ronan Farrow, who took to Twitter to vent.)
Fortunately, the night’s film awards made a lot more sense, like 12 Years a Slave walking off with best drama, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams earning prizes for American Hustle, and Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto winning for Dallas Buyers Club. And then there was Alfonso Cuarón, who, while claiming the best-director award for Gravity, told a story about his accent getting in the way of directing star Sandra Bullock. (She thought the Mexican filmmaker wanted to give her “herpes”; he really wanted to give her an “earpiece.”)
Bawdy broads Fey and Poehler were even more terrific than they were last year, helping the show reach a 10-year high with more than 20 million viewers. The duo have already signed on for next year, and we’ll welcome them back as warmly as a supermodel’s…well, ask Leonardo DiCaprio.